EACC speaking through its chairman Philip Kinisu has revealed that it cleared Anne Waiguru of wrongdoing in the NYS scandal due to a “communication gap” with other government agencies.
While addressing the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Kinisu confessed that there were mistakes in the investigations that cleared the former Devolution CS as they were one-way.
He justifies his claim saying the investigation into the Sh791 million fraud was on one track and they in government were not talking to each other at that time.
Anne Waigurua was reportedly cleared after a confidential letter endorsed by commission chief executive Halakhe Waqowas sent to State House.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission told Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua in the letter that after a comprehensive investigation that it had seen no proof against Waiguru.
The commission earlier dismissed the report on February 19 that it cleared Waiguru of any wrongdoing in the National Youth Service scandal.
Kinisu stated then that the commission only cleared her of four charges connecting management of NYS which was under her office.
In addition, EACC chairman said that the commission had recovered assets worth Sh9 billion and money amounting to Sh600 million in the last ten years.
Chairman Philip Kinisu explained to the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee yesterday that the commission had banned people who are linked to the Sh791 million NYS fraud from using assets worth Sh500 million which belong to them.
He also lashed at all agencies handling the NYS case, blaming them of making a mess of National Youth Service scandal. According to him, they are dealing with the scandal ineffectively.
NYS scandal suspect Ben Gethi’s mother said she is the owner of some of the properties listed in the case filed by the Assets Recovery Agency, although she had denied it initially.
Assets worth Sh585 million said to be procured with the NYS money were tracked to Gethi’s account and were recovered. Charity Wangui denied being the owner of the properties mentioned in the case filed at the High Court in Milimani, Nairobi, in January as well as being involved in the scandal.
The Commission has also interrogated the sister of the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru’s over the Sh791 million NYS fraud.
Loise Muthoni Mbarire, Waiguru’s elder sister, Devolution ministry head of Administration Noor Hassan Noor and former-NYS director Aden Harakhe were grilled last week by the commission’s investigators.
The key suspect in NYS scam, Kabura Josephine, named all three persons in her damning affidavit. Kabura in her affidavit said Waiguru instructed her to drop part of the money received in her three bank accounts at Family Bank to Mbarire who would either refund the money to her or give it back to CS.
Mbarire dismissed the claims and insists she wasn’t part of the scam. The three top government official denied attending any meeting as well as having any involvement with Kabura. The full details of the interrogation is yet to be released.